Root Canal Therapy
- What is root canal therapy?
- When do I need root canal treatment?
- Are all root canal infected teeth painful?
- How do you perform root canal treatment?
- Is root canal treatment the best option?
Root canal therapy is a dental procedure which removes infection from your tooth while allowing you to keep the tooth itself. Whenever bacteria enter your tooth nerve and cause an infection,
you will require a root canal treatment. Unfortunately, a simple filling or crown is no longer an option at this point. To remove the infection and alleviate pain, your dentist must either perform root canal therapy or remove the tooth altogether. Receiving a root canal treatment allows you to keep your tooth while eliminating pain and infection at the same time.
The majority of root canal treatments are performed to eliminate toothaches and dental infections. Typically, these are a result of untreated tooth decay or severe trauma. Of course, there are occasions where your teeth requires an elective root canal treatment, such as:
- You may need an elective root canal when tooth decay is too close to your nerve, even if you’re not in pain yet.
- Elective root canal treatment is commonly used to correct tooth position during full mouth reconstruction.
- You may have an infected tooth, but because the nerves are clogged up, you don’t feel pain on the tooth.
Most dental infections result in extreme pain and discomfort in addition to painful hot and cold sensitivity. However, not all root canal infections are necessarily painful. For example, if your tooth has a long-standing infection, you may stop feeling the pain after awhile. Similarly, if you have severely clogged up nerve canals, which is common in elderly, you may experience no discomfort despite having an infection. Regardless of your pain level, teeth that display signs and symptoms of infection need root canal treatment.
The first step is to get fully numbed up. Your dentist will make sure that you’re completely numb before starting treatment. Once numb, your dentist or endodontist will slowly remove the infection from your tooth and its nerve canals. This procedures takes a while as it requires extensive cleaning and disinfection of your tooth. Once the infection is fully removed, your dentist will place a sterile filling material into your tooth nerve. This material, known as Gutta Percha, seals off your emptied nerve canals to prevent future bacterial re-infiltration and re-infection.
In summary, a root canal is nothing more than a filling for your tooth nerve. Be mindful that treatment does take a good while to complete. Plan on bringing your headphones if you like to listen to music to help you relax. Also, plan on spending a good hour or two at your dentist to complete the entire procedure.
We always recommend that you save your own tooth whenever possible. Teeth with successful root canal therapy have a great chance of lasting a lifetime. Of course, there are occasions where saving a tooth is simply not worth it. For instance, if you don’t have enough tooth structure to restore your tooth, you should go with a dental implant instead. Also, if you have poor oral hygiene combined with advanced periodontal disease, a dental implant is a better option than a root canal. Ultimately, only you and your dentist can determine if a root canal is the right treatment for you.
If you believe you are in need of a root canal treatment in San Clementre, schedule your appointment with us today. Call us at (949) 481-2540 or book your appointment online today. Our dentist, Dr. Jazayeri, will access to see if you need a root canal treatment. We will discuss the pros and cons of root canal therapy so you can decide what’s best for your teeth. Don’t wait until your toothache worsens, give us a call today and start fixing your teeth.
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